Avid releases EuControl 2.6.1 Software

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Avid has announced the release of EuControl Software Package version 2.6.1 for its Artist Series, MC Pro, and System 5-MC controllers.

EuControl 2.6.1 is a significant software and firmware update, offering full compatibility with Apple’s new Lion OS, as well as several performance improvements, including firmware fixes for Artist Series fader slam and jitter issues.

Euphonix Artist Control

The Avid® Artist Series is a family of high-quality control surfaces that deliver deep, hands-on control of your favorite audio and video software. Compact and portable enough to fit into any setup, Artist Series controllers offer best-in-class industrial design, highly responsive feel, and extensive functionality to free you from the tedium of working with a mouse and keyboard. MC Pro and System 5-MC are EUCON™-based control surfaces for music and audio post, providing mixers with highly integrated control of EUCON-enabled DAWs, including Pro Tools®, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Pyramix, Digital Performer, and more.

EuControl Software Package Version 2.6.1 is now available as a free download for Artist Series users, and for MC Pro and System 5-MC user.

More information: Euphonix


Steinberg updates Cubase to v6.0.3

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Steinberg Cubase 6

Steinberg has announced the release of the 6.0.3 maintenance update to its music recording and production systems, Cubase 6, Cubase Artist 6 and Cubase Elements 6.

Based on community feedback, the 6.0.3 update provides several improvements, such as refined event opacity handling, enhanced gridline representation, Euphonix/Avid MC Pro remote control support and more efficient playback performance of HD video formats. In addition, several issues have been resolved. For detailed information, please see the version history.

All users of Cubase 6, Cubase Artist 6 and Cubase Elements 6 running versions 6.0.0, 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 installations are recommended to update to version 6.0.3.

The update can be downloaded free of charge from the Steinberg website.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase


Avid announces Pro Tools 9, more creative, flexible options for music and sound production

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Avid Pro Tools 9

Avid has announced Pro Tools 9, a groundbreaking evolution of the industry’s most popular music creation and audio production solution.

Leveraging a next-generation architecture, version 9 of Pro Tools offers customers the unprecedented choice to work with Avid audio interfaces, third-party audio interfaces, or no hardware at all when using the built-in audio capabilities of a Mac or PC. This first-ever software-only option for Pro Tools delivers customers the most open, flexible and feature rich version in history, while also providing top professional features customers have requested. Also, new support for the Avid EUCON™ open Ethernet protocol now enables customers to expand control surface options to include Avid’s Artist Series and Pro Series audio consoles and controllers (formerly known as Euphonix® consoles and controllers).

Pro Tools customers—from the aspiring enthusiast to the professional—can now create sophisticated, great sounding mixes, whether they’re at home, on the road, or working in a large facility using an open, flexible workflow for enhanced collaboration and creativity.

Open, flexible workflows to work the way you want

Customers can design their workflow of choice using the new Pro Tools software-only configuration with their favorite Avid or third-party audio interface—or standalone—and with Avid Artist and Pro Series controllers. The benefits to users include:

  • Versatile workflow design options—Enables customers to work the way they want using Pro Tools as a software only tool, or with hardware options that include either a variety of Avid audio interfaces for an Avid-advantaged workflow, or third-party audio interfaces as a result of new Core Audio and ASIO driver support.
  • EUCON support—Delivers more hands-on mixing options to customers using the new Pro Tools software offering or Pro Tools|HD systems with the ability to deeply control Pro Tools through EUCON integration using any Artist Series or Pro Series audio controller or console, in addition to Avid and third-party audio control surfaces.
Avid Pro Tools 9

More creative options with coveted, professional features now included as standard

As a result of customer requests, many high value features formerly available as add-ons are now available right out-of-the-box, including:

  • Automatic Delay Compensation—Equips customers using version 9 of Pro Tools with the ability to create better sounding mixes faster. Users can now mix and record with increased alignment and phase accuracy, without the need to manually compensate for latencies from hardware I/Os, internal and external routing, and plug-in algorithm processing—the number one request on the Pro Tools IdeaScale User Forum.
  • More audio tracks and busses—Allows customers to create more elaborate music and audio productions, with support for 96 mono or stereo voices in the new software-only version of Pro Tools (192 voices with Pro Tools HD systems), 256 internal busses, and 160 aux tracks.
  • Advanced production toolset—Gives customers access to standard professional tools in version 9 of Pro Tools to create more polished mixes out-of-the-box. Users can analyze and adjust timing across multiple tracks for tighter rhythm with the built-in multi-track Beat Detective™ module, improve organization and asset sharing with the DigiBase™ Pro file management tool, and save time with full Import Session Data dialog.

Collaborate with other audio and video software users more easily than ever

A series of audio for picture enhancements provides customers with the ability to easily collaborate with other audio and video software users, including:

  • OMF/AAF/MXF interchange and MP3 export—Provides customers with simplified session and file exchange between applications.
  • Built-in Time Code Ruler—Enables customers to achieve greater accuracy when syncing audio to video in post production (software only configuration of Pro Tools).
  • Updated 7.1 surround panner—Allows customers to more easily mix multichannel surround for full film sound production.
  • New variable stereo pan depths—Equips customers with authentic and precise track panning capabilities to achieve analog-console feel.

Version 9 of the new Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD software will be available worldwide on November 12, 2010 starting at $599 USD. For regions outside of the U.S., please see your local retailer for pricing.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools


Avid announces Technology Demonstrations, Customer Presentations at 129th AES Convention

AES 2010

Avid has announced its line-up of technology demonstrations and customer presentations scheduled for the company’s booth (#1018) at the 129th AES Convention from Nov. 5-7 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

The sessions will provide attendees with a look at an array of new audio solutions that support open, collaborative audio workflows for use at home, in the studio or on stage.

Avid guest speakers will include Butch Vig, Garbage drummer and Grammy winning producer of Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown,” and Dave Hill, founder of Cranesong and co-developer of Avid’s HEAT software, among others. Sharing stories and best practices honed from years of professional experience, these speakers will share audio workflow tips, behind-the-scenes production details, and impressions about how Avid has taken what we’ve heard from our customer base and delivered on our promise to provide open, flexible solutions for interoperable production environments.

In addition, a series of main stage demonstrations will include a:

  • Tour through the creation, tracking and mixing of a song while moving from laptop, to desktop, to studio platforms
  • Post production sound demonstration based on HBO’s Emmy award winning series “The Pacific”.
  • Technology preview of Avid’s MC Mix, part of Avid’s Artist Series of consoles (formerly Euphonix Artist Series) running on a Windows 7 system.

Rotating technology demonstrations on Avid’s main stage and show floor will showcase audio innovations for independent and studio professionals, featuring:

  • Open, flexible workflows in interoperable environments
  • Best-in-class audio solutions, including:
    • Pro Tools HD Native, the newest addition to the Pro Tools family that harnesses faster CPUs to deliver customers the industry-leading capabilities of Pro Tools HD with native, host-based performance
    • Pro Tools HD IO, OMNI, and MADI converters for best in class A-D/D-A conversion and the highest sound quality
    • HEAT software, a revolutionary software add-on that brings the warmth of analog components to the Pro Tools│HD mixer.
    • Mbox family of portable recording solutions, providing new A-D/D-A converters, cleaner preamps and improved drivers for Pro Tools and third-party DAW support.
    • Artist Series and Pro Series Consoles, streamlining production with award winning ergonomic control.

Also appearing at AES as part of the workshop and seminar series, Avid’s Robert Scovill will present as part of an Economics-Driven Change of Touring live sound seminar on Thursday, November 4 and a Live Monitoring and Latency with Digital Audio Networks workshop on Friday, November 5. In addition, Avid’s Sheldon Radford will participate in an Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) product design panel discussion on 11/5. And in addition, Engineer Billy Bush and founder and CEO of Sonic Magic Studios and post mixer Jonathan Wales will be making an appearance on the Avid booth’s main stage, speaking to the strength and flexibility of Avid’s new HD solutions.

For more information and daily updates on Avid during the show, check Avid Industry Buzz and follow Avid on Twitter: @AvidTechnology/buzz.

More information: Avid


Steinberg launches Nuendo 5

Steinberg Nuendo 5

Steinberg has announced the launch of Nuendo 5, the latest version of the award-winning Advanced Post, Live and Audio Production System featuring an onboard ADR toolset, sound design tools, mixing and compatibility enhancements and much more.

Launched amid the 19-date Nuendo 5 World Tour across 14 countries, Nuendo 5 represents a new state-of-the-art production environment tailored to top-flight production studios in post production, live recording and audio production. The wealth of new features includes an ADR toolset, new sound design features such as the unique Clip Packages system, new plug-ins as well as a range of mixing, routing and automation enhancements.

“This is a landmark release for Nuendo, introducing extremely valuable new functionality to what is probably the premiere native production platform for post, live and audio production,” comments Timo Wildenhain, Steinberg’s Product Marketing Manager for Nuendo. “These days, efficiency, stability and speed in everyday tasks are absolutely critical, as is the ability to adapt software to changing needs and situations. These goals are exactly what Nuendo 5 has been designed to achieve, and have contributed to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic feedback from the first shows on the Nuendo 5 World Tour, which has been amazing so far,” Wildenhain adds.

Among the new features presented in Nuendo 5 is a new ADR toolset engineered for audio post, providing new capabilities for spotting including advanced take- and marker handling, EDL import, a new video engine and much more. Clip Packages have been designed specifically for sound editors as a new way of organizing and handling audio as clusters of files across multiple tracks that can be archived, previewed and retrieved almost instantly using the upgraded Nuendo 5 MediaBay. Enhanced mixing features in Nuendo 5 include further developments on the industry-leading Nuendo automation system as well as direct routing with multiple destinations. A new plug-in set with the next-generation Surround Panner and a surround bus Patch Editor further add to the advanced feature set for surround that have been the hallmark of the Nuendo audio engine since its inception. Numerous other additions in Nuendo 5 include a waveform display in the Nuendo mixer, improved compatibility with Pro Tools audio files and automated Batch Export functions.

Nuendo 5 also integrates seamlessly with Steinberg’s Nuendo SyncStation synchronizer hardware, providing sample-accurate sync in almost any situation requiring rock-solid sync to almost any modern sync standard. Nuendo 5 also features complete support for a range of controller devices such as Euphonix, WK Audio and the Smart AV Tango.

Supporting Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 as well as Windows 7, Vista and XP, Nuendo 5 will be available from authorized Steinberg dealers from June 2010 and will cost €1799 EUR / £1531 GBP (Suggested Retail Price. Prices may be subject to regional variations.)

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo


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